Hey today marks my blogs 2nd anniversary which means I’ve been blogging for a very long time! It’s been a really great journey and I want to thank everyone for sticking with me for it!
So I’ve talked about a lot of things I would talk about here in my 250 followers and stat showcase posts so since it’s so close to the end of the year I thought I’d talk about a post I wrote roughly a year ago called “1 year of anime blogging + what’s going on in 2018?” where I set myself some goals for the blog. So I’m basically going to see if I’ve followed these targets!
- More accessible posts – Not everyone has the same experience with anime as me and I should write posts explaining things I already take for granted and write things to get people into anime such as more recommendation posts.
I definitely did more recommendation posts, but they were in the ADB format so I don’t know for sure. I certainty did blog a lot about Kaiji, Fukumoto and the gambling thriller genre which is very specific though.
So I think I did this but still kept up with my specific posts. You sort of have to write about what you’re interested in and if nobody cares about that subject material well, then fuck em. But my most popular posts this year were ones that were deliberately accessible so that’s good.
It’s hard to write about stuff just because it’s popular, you have to find that middle ground where you actually have something to say, to an audience that is pretty big.
Make the database of anime project happen!
Yes this was done completely! The problem with the ADB is that every time I finish a show it’s like the project becomes uncompleted again since there are more shows to add. So I think I’ll leave the project there for a while until I have a considerable amount of shows to add to it. Thankfully with my “what I watched” series I can still know which shows have been added and which ones haven’t so I don’t have to worry about sorting through my MAL list too much.
In terms of the success of the project, it wasn’t very. I would still tell myself to go ahead with it though because it was nice to have 2 posts a day coming out for a very long time.
Write more posts to do with the anime industry as well as shows
No not really, in fact I probably wrote less posts about the industry. Despite this I have been more interested than ever. Recently I’ve been reading everything by Fukumoto, watching everything by Ghibli and visiting more films and directors than ever. So basically once I’ve finished looking at those guys I might actually have more posts about the industry to write about!
Involve myself more with the community and maybe branch out to social media to extend my reach – I’m finding that pretty difficult right now.
This happened and didn’t happen. For a large portion of the year I was very engaged with the community however I’ve been dropping off lately due to work and stuff. I do however have a twitter now and it’s fun talking to all of you on there!
I got 132 views this year through twitter so I guess my reach has indeed been extended.
Oh yeah and I linked Tumblr too, I’ve been posting to there for ages without realizing! I don’t think I’ve got a single view from there though so it’s been basically useless.
Continue to improve my writing and make more detailed and researched posts like the Sakamoto one.
I’d like to hope that my writing’s improved but who am I to say – I’ve not really read any of the posts I’ve written and compared them. I have made more detailed research posts much like the Sakamoto one. This included the end of evangelion review and a silent voice review, and more such as “do you know all the dere’s?” and “obscure anime genres” these are hard to find time for when you care about other things more so I’m happy with just this small amount off the top of my head.
Alright now that that’s over with I’ll go into my goals for next year as an anime blogger.
- Still be blogging consistently one year from now.
- Have a catalogue of top 10 recommendation style of posts to get more people into anime.
- Release all of “The Broken Tournament” and self-publish it.
- Release “The Stone of the Conqueror”
- Finish writing “The Monks of Meres”
- Write the Barefoot Gen post the film deserves!
- Write more posts about the industry.
- More high effort posts and research projects.
I think that’s enough! It’s been a really great 2018 and I hope to see you a lot in 2019!